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The Devonsville Terror (1983)

 -  Horror  -  October 1983 (USA)
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Dr. Worley investigates a 300-year-old witch's curse in the New England town of Devonsville. Three liberated, assertive women move into town, which angers the bigoted, male-dominated town ... See full summary »

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Suzanna Love ...
Jenny Scanlon
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Matthew Pendleton (as Robert Walker)
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Dr. Warley
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Walter Gibbs
Mary Walden ...
Chris
Deanna Haas ...
Monica
Wally Flaherty ...
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Michael Accardo ...
Ralph Pendleton
Bill Dexter ...
Aaron Pendleton
Priscilla Lowe ...
Myrtle Pendleton
Angelica Rebane ...
Angel Pendleton
Paul Bentzen ...
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Morrigan Hurt ...
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Barbara Cihlar ...
Witch II
Leslie Smith ...
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Dr. Worley investigates a 300-year-old witch's curse in the New England town of Devonsville. Three liberated, assertive women move into town, which angers the bigoted, male-dominated town fathers. One of the women is a reincarnation of the witch, who proceeds to exact revenge on the town males. Written by Joe Arthur <tenebrae50@hotmail.com>

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some good scenes, a lot of missing information
10 October 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Three women are killed, by pigs, a burning wagon wheel, and a burning at the stake, for witchcraft. Whether they were really witches or not is not clear, though as I've read someone else point out: there is a curse on the Doctor's family that appears to be real.

The Doctor, played by Donald Pleasance, has maggots poking out of his skin that he plucks out with tweezers. He continues to practice even though this doesn't seem very hygienic. He'd like to end the curse (understandably), but it's unclear what he does towards that end. He hypnotizes some people so that they remember their past lives, or their ancestors' lives, or maybe he's implanting suggestions.

Three women arrive in town about simultaneously: a radio host, an environmentalist, and a school teacher. The townspeople mostly don't like them, and begin to think they are witches, partly misunderstanding the women, partly making up lies about them.

There are some good scenes, and while a bit slow, its main fault seems to be holes in the story. There's a lot of information missing that is not of the sort that can be left as mysteries.

There's a really terrible demon or devil face that appears a few times. It looks sort of like what Bill Paxton's character turns into in Weird Science. There's also some bad voice-over at the beginning and end that is evidently supposed to be by the Doctor (Donald Pleasance), but sounds more like Kiefer Sutherland (who is not in the movie).


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